Inauguration of the first air services within the Netherlands East Indies, to Bandoeng (Bandung) and to Semarang from Batavia - Tjililitan (Cililitan), now Jakarta - Halim. The KNILM company was not a KLM subsidiary. The other F.VIIb/3m is H-NAFA (c/n 5069). Photo from: Tropenmuseum
The Fokker C-2 Question Mark, which remained airborne for 150 hours with aerial refueling in January 1929 - one of the many feats accomplished with Fokker F.VII aircraft. Captured by Navy photographer Haase at Rockwell Field, now part of NAS North Island. Photo by: Joseph Haase / San Diego Air & Space Museum
PK-AFB was part of the KNILM fleet until it crashed on February 4, 1938. Sistership PK-AFC visited Australia during the many years Dutch authorities sought approval to add Australia to the KLM/KNILM route map. When approval was finally received, KNILM was using Lockheed 14s and there is no record of -AFB ever visiting Australia. The photo is believed to be at one of the Dutch East Indies (Indonesian) ports used by Qantas on its Australia-Singapore service. Photo from: Hudson Fysh Collection/State Library of New South Wales
Formerly H-NADR (c/n 4992), an F.VIIa. Converted to F.VIIa/3m when chartered by American publisher Van Lear Black with the registration changed to H-NADP because Black had previously used F.VIIa H-NADP (4990) for a return flight to Batavia. F.VIIa/3m H-NADP (4992) used for an aborted flight to Cape Town in May 1928. Afterwards converted to F.VIIb/3m with new c/n 5105. To Black as G-AADZ 1 February 1929. Photo from: Amsterdam City Archives
Charles Kingsford Smith lands Southern Cross on two engines. Starboard engine shut down when the centre engine exhaust manifold struck the prop (damaged blade pointing down). Port engine then began to run out of oil as -USU headed back to Sydney. Navigator PG (Bill) Taylor climbed out on the struts five times to transfer oil from the dead right engine to the dying left. Taylor awarded George Cross for his bravery. Later pioneered oceanic air routes from Australia to Africa and South America. Smith killed in November 1935. Photo from: Hood Collection/State Library of New South Wales
KLM's third Fokker F.VII over an orderly polder landscape. The F.VII wa soon replaced by the improved F.VIIa and F.VII/3m and this airframe was sold to the USA. As NC776 of Reynolds Airways it crashed on 17 September 1927 in New Jersey and seven people lost their lives. Photo from: ETH-Bibliothek Zürich
Delivered to Balair in 1931 as CH-157. Received a Wright Cyclone engine in 1933 and a more powerful one in 1939. Used as a trainer and ten-passenger sightseeing aircraft until 1948, then stored at Bern - Belp. Restored at Kloten and preserved in Lucerne Museum of Transport. Photo from: ETH-Bibliothek Zürich
VH-UMG towards the end of its career when it had the light-coloured fuselage it had when it crashed at Mascot (Sydney International) airport on November 23, 1936. The background appears to coastal with a high headland running down to the sea and a heavy swell rolling in. -UMG was being used for joyflights when it crashed and the location might not be an airfield at all but a flat area near a beach.
The Fokker C-2 is a variant of the successful Fokker F.VIIa-3m, with a larger fuselage and upgraded engines. Three C-2s were delivered to the United States Army Air Corps in 1927, serialed 26-202 to 26-204. The first of them, 26-202 as shown here, was modified to a long-range version and fitted with a larger wing (21.7m instead of 19.2m). It was named "Bird of Paradise" and used to make the first transpacific flight, 3860 km (2,400 miles) from Oakland to Honululu, on 1 June 1927. Photographer unknown.
Kingsford Smith's Southern Cross photographed in a hangar at an unconfirmed location, most likely at Oakland. In three epic flights spread over two years, Southern Cross and Kingsford Smith circumnavigated the globe over Australia. His trans-Pacific flight took off from Oakland in May 1928 and he returned there via London and New York in July 1930. Photographer unknown.